Smif-N-Wessun – Da Shinin’

Music — Doctor Ninja on December 22, 2006 at 3:19 am

Timz and hood chek. Aight time to write. Why am I reviewing a record that came out 12 years ago? Hip-hop has changed a lot since ‘95, so this review is for da likkle youth man dem. From dusk to dawn this album defines the meaning of “keeping it real”. Tek & Steele’s hardcore storytellin’ and the Beatminerz rugged, yet smooth production make Da Shinin’ a flawless record. Mind-blowing bass lines, bangin’ drums and spooky samples that’ll have your stereo smokin’. Boot Camp Clik! It smells like Bob Marley in here…

Peep some wise words from Steele on the classic anthem Bucktown:

Enter the cipher… withcha lighter
El’s are ready, prepare for another all nighter
But keep watch for the cops cuz they rock glocks
Comin’ on the block tryin’ to rock knots
Pigs be actin’ like they bigga than us niggaz from da streets
Cuz we stalk mad deep and them walk beats
I guess they hold a grudge cuz i won’t budge
Playin’ tough, starin’ down da judge with my hand’s cuffed
Standing there with my nappy hair and my dirty gear, awww yeah
Now i’m up outta here
Pigs look me up and down with a frown
Is it cuz i’m brown or is it cuz i’m from Bucktown?

Check a verse with Tek on the same track:

Another murderer, just another prankster
Rude boy dead ’cause he thought he was a gangsta
Tried ta live da life of a hood from the streets
Test da wrong dread, now he�s in eternal sleep
Mr. ripper I lurk in da stuy
Twist up da ganja when I wanna get high
With my breaddren, a boodah session
Learn ya lesson
Or get blasted by Mr. Smif or Mr. Wessun

This album put Boot Camp on the map with support from Buckshot (Black Moon), Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C. (Originoo Gunn Clappaz). Straight from the underground. With thunder sound. Number one question: Yo, how can I be down? Well, the answer is buy this record and listen to it everyday for the next twelve years. And that boys and girls is your first lesson in keeping it real.

Smif N Wessun Da Shinin

Find out more about the Boot Camp Clik at www.duckdown.com

Paper Rad – “Trash Talking” dvd

Art, Movies, Music — Doctor Ninja on December 21, 2006 at 11:37 pm

Have you ever heard trash talk? I mean�have you ever really listened to your garbage? Look at all your stuff. Trash. Why do we have it and why is it here? The answer may be found in your U2 iPod, in the Russian Nintendo video bootleg file. Sorry, let me start again. Do you want a snack…some chips? Some wedges? We have along way to go in this review…DVDly speaking. Sorry, we’re out of sauce enablers. Anyways, where was I? Oh yes…trash talking. Trash poses the question:
“What is the new shape in entertainment? What is the new entertainment shape?” Hmmm… Where’s Tux Dog? He’s a detective, I’m sure he could find the answer. I can’t find him anywhere. Hello? What?? Google’s been hacked?!?…Better ask Jeeves. Hmmmmm, let’s see…click…click…click. Hey Raphe! Have you been using your 2megabit magic memory stick in my USB port? Something’s wrong here. Nuclear winter wrong… What? You think it’s broke? You think the internets broke? No, you don’t have to hit save when you’re done using the internet. Just close your eyes and make believe… and you can be at Fort Thunder! Paper Rad hasn’t turned on anything that wasn’t already off.

I’ve watched this DVD about 40 times. I show it to everyone I know. I bought a copy of it for my two-year-old niece. I encourage you to do the same. And please…don’t just listen to your trash… hear what it is saying. Some galleries don’t even have walls!!!

Paper Rad - “Trash Talking” dvd

Get Paper Rad’s Trash Talking DVD at http://loadrecords.com/bands/paperrad.html for $16 and visit paperrad.org for free

The Grand Sichuan Restaurant

Food — Doctor Ninja on December 21, 2006 at 10:17 pm

Two words “Hot Pot”. That’s Chinese for “have fun friends with boiling food party”. Step one: Order Hot Pot. They bring out a hot plate & blaze it up under a giant bowl of delicious broth. You choose either spicy broth or regular. I recommend having both at the same time. They both come in the same bowl, but a magic barrier keeps them separate! While you wait for the broth to boil you order from a large menu of raw ingredients. So much to choose from! I like dumplings, fish balls, squid, spinach, baby bakchoi, pork, beef, tofu, sprouts, and the list goes on… When the pot is hot it starts boil. By that time your plates of raw meats & vegetables should be arriving. Oh, I almost forgot! Dipping sauce! Who doesnt love dipping sauce? There are a few to choose from, but my favorite is the fish sauce. Okay so things should be boiling by now. Time to start throwin’ stuff in! Stuff like fish balls & dumplings take a few minutes to cook, but the thinly sliced meats are done in seconds! That’s when you take your little net and catch that beef. Dip it and/or chill out for a second so as not to burn your mouth. Eat and…mmmmmmm…delicious! Repeat this process until you’ve cooked and eaten all of your food (this may take a while). Just when you thought the meal was over and you couldn’t eat another bite…there’s more. If you think this is really all about boiling a bunch of random food and stuffing your face, well then you’re missed out on the greatest experience of all, savoring the wonderful soup that you’ve unknowingly created with your comrades.

125 Canal Street #4, NYC phone: 212-625-9212
There is also a Hot Pot craze sweeping mainland China!

Pyramid $keem – TKO Method cd

Music — Doctor Ninja on December 21, 2006 at 7:04 pm

I’ll let this one speak for itself: “Are you getting tired of tedious routines? Do you want to make more money doing less work? Pyramid $keem blends modern dirty south rap with the glib vocabulary and vernacular of a multi-level con artist, introducing a set of self-help guidelines in the form of Todd Kessler’s TKO Method.”

It’s rap. It’s funny. I don’t like it…I love it!

Pyramid $keem - TKO Method

check it out: www.extraordinairesmusic.com
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DJ A-Trak: “Sunglasses Is a Must” dvd

Movies, Music — Doctor Ninja on December 21, 2006 at 6:15 pm

For fans of true hip hop “Sunglasses Is a Must” IS a must! If you no nothing about hip hop you should especially see this biopic. Hip-hop consists of 4 basic elements. This takes a look at the second element, the DJ. Through the eyes of a young master you enter the world of turntablism. With money he received from his bar mitzvah, A-trak bought his first turntables at the age of 13. By the age of 15 he’d won three international DJ championships. The movie takes you on a journey from his humble beginnings in Canada through the fascinating battle era of the 90’s, to his current global journeys with rap superstar Kanye West. This documentary shows hip-hop at it’s finest: skillful, competitive and fun. A-trak’s scratching, beat-juggling, and composing on the wheels of steel is an amazing sight (and sound!) His “masterpiece theater style” narration is hilarious. I enjoying this so much I watched twice in a row, no kidding. Frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreessshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Starring A-trak. Featuring Q-Bert, Kanye West, Peanut Butter Wolf, Keyboard Money Mark, Dj Craze, Roc Raida, Mixmaster Mike and many more!
available from: www.turntablelab.com

DJ A-Trak: “Sunglasses Is a Must” dvd

Wildlife Refuse by Leif Goldberg

Books — Doctor Ninja on December 21, 2006 at 4:34 pm

Master printer Leif Goldberg has created yet another silk-screened masterpiece. Marvel at perfect registration, perfect binding, and brilliant use of color. It’s a limited edition of 200. Too bad it costs 1600 hundred dollars. Oh wait, I missed a decimal point, it’s only $16. If Henry David Thoreau drew comics this would be his book.

26 pages, softcover, full color
available from: http://quimbys.com

NINJA by Brian Chippendale

Books — Doctor Ninja on December 21, 2006 at 4:00 pm

I hate this book. Its just too damn good. Its too damn big. My other books are afraid of this book. It took me some time figuring out how to read Brians comics in Paper Rodeo. I was instructed to Read like a snake WTF?!? That shit takes practice!!! They are really dense comics too. So I finally learned how to read them after about a year of intense study. These are one-page comics mind you. This monster is 144 pages. Its Brians big, beautiful, brilliant, brain buster. It’s a fantastic tale of Ninja versus Evil. Evil landlords, developers, beurocrats and other sinister creatures. It wont fit in your bookshelf or your feeble mind.

144 pages, hardcover, mostly color, $35
available from www.pictureboxinc.com

JEOLLADO

Food — Doctor Ninja on December 21, 2006 at 3:53 pm

Mmmmmmm… Jeollado! I love this place. Best sushi ever. You get a regular sushi dinner for half the price of what other restaurants charge. This ain’t no stinky half price skimpy sushi, this is melt in your mouth big ol’ slabs of sushi. It comes with a great seaweed salad and a delectable miso soup. They have an amazing selection of rolls, all of which are slammin’. On the Korean side I recommend the Bibimbob! Fun to say and delicious to eat… bibimbob! They open at 5pm and I’m usually the first one through the door. I’m always greeted by friendly faces and the service is great. You won’t have your plate snatched from you before your last bite. They let you take the time to savor the fact that you’ve just had the best meal of your life.

Jeollado

Jeollado 116 E 4th St (btw 1st and 2nd Ave.) East Village, NYC (212) 260-7696

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